The Circles film is a brilliant piece of work, really powerful. Thank you so much for all your hard graft on this, and for going the extra mile. The outcome is testament to your ability to quickly create trusting relationships with those featured, really impressive. We’ve had a huge amount of positive feedback from people who saw it.
Jo Burden, CEO, Circles SW
There is no doubt that the effort which Glastonbury put together to preserve a banking presence was the best I have seen during 17 years in the role of voluntary director of the Campaign for Community Banking Services
Derek French, Chairman, Campaign for Community Banking
Beautifully inspiring and informative film-making
I thought the first cut of the film was extremely powerful and beautifully shot. I think the lighting is perfect. It has been a pleasure to work with you, thank you very much.
Hannah Bond - No Women No Peace
As the feedback sheets testify, your talk was a highlight of the weekend and, more than any other part of the event, it gave Friends a real sense of excitement, inspiration and real possibility.
Alistair Fuller, Head of Ministry and Outreach, Friends House, London
With a track record in business advice, photography and film I love tackling the challenges organisations and businesses face in attracting clients, volunteers or new customers. I can develop a marketing strategy for your business or script, film and produce media-rich content for your own website. I help organisations and individuals overcome their marketing difficulties through good communication.
I have taught some inspiring journalists at The Institute of Physics, run filmmaking courses at Millfield School, spoken at the University of Warwick on how to harness the creative capital within local communities to effect social change and very honoured to have presented a short paper at the European Parliament on the challenges faced by rural businesses. In the 70s I worked for the BBC, in the era of clapperboards, 16mm film and reel to reel Nagras and very privileged to have worked with great Directors like John Percival.
I avoided arrest whilst projecting a ‘Save Our Libraries’ campaign film onto the front wall of the British Library at the height of the rush hour and encouraged Michael Eavis (Lab) and James Heappey MP (Con) to stand together and sing my rather tongue in cheek version of William Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ highlighting the loss of Glastonbury’s banks. Our community campaign contributed to a Parliamentary Select Committee exploring the impact of bank closures. My proudest moment was hearing that the Chief Executive of Nationwide Bank had closely followed our media campaign on television and decided to offer our town a Nationwide branch. It was a grand day for the town when it finally opened its doors to serve the community (in the old Lloyds Bank building). They needed 350 new accounts to make the business viable and received 1200 applications.
I‘ve cantered round Glastonbury dressed as a horse (pursued by the Deputy Mayor), written for the International Banker magazine and I’m still taken aback Alan Bennett rang me at home one evening to offer us his personal support for our Library campaign.
I love being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, which gives me the opportunity to meet so many creative individuals in the South West. I currently serve as the Vice Chair of Glastonbury’s Neighbourhood Plan committee with a particular interests are in tree planting, pollination corridors and foraging zones. I’m producing a series of short films on West Country artists and have designed websites for Albion and help create the national competition A Poem for Europe.
Away from dry land I consider myself fortunate to have survived a Force 10 during the Fastnet Yacht Race, whilst raising money for a children’s medical charity. I now prefer trees, tea and level horizons.